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Conformal Symmetry, Accelerated Observers, and Nonlocality

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Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO 65211, USA
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School of Astronomy, Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences (IPM), P. O. Box 19395-5531 Tehran, Iran
Symmetry 2019, 11(8), 978; https://doi.org/10.3390/sym11080978
Received: 20 June 2019 / Revised: 22 July 2019 / Accepted: 23 July 2019 / Published: 2 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Relativity Based on Symmetry)
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Abstract

The acceleration transformations form a 4-parameter Abelian subgroup of the conformal group of Minkowski spacetime. The passive interpretation of acceleration transformations leads to a congruence of uniformly accelerated observers in Minkowski spacetime. The properties of this congruence are studied in order to illustrate the kinematics of accelerated observers in relativistic physics. The generalization of this approach under conformal rescaling of the spacetime metric is examined. View Full-Text
Keywords: accelerated observers; conformal invariance; acceleration-induced nonlocality accelerated observers; conformal invariance; acceleration-induced nonlocality
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Mashhoon, B. Conformal Symmetry, Accelerated Observers, and Nonlocality. Symmetry 2019, 11, 978.

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